A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
April 14, 2005 Volume 35 / Number 7


Project Directors Recognized for Outstanding Work

Five professors have been selected as Outstanding Project Directors by the Office of Sponsored Programs, Provost Scott G. McNall and the Research Foundation. Sponsored projects allow faculty, in particular, to participate in professional development activities in their respective fields.These projects also allow faculty to serve K-12 teachers and other University constituents, to obtain important resources for the University such as major pieces of equipment, and to provide students with learning opportunities that would not otherwise be available.

“Additionally,” said Katie Milo, vice provost for research, “the funding these faculty members acquire assists the University in meeting its strategic goals during a time of uncertain budget support.” The following professors were honored:

Professor Roy Crosbie, electrical and computer engineering, has obtained nearly $2 million in grant funds over the last four years. He has directed three U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) projects that involve the development of international collaborations and student exchanges with Canadian, Mexican, and European universities.

In addition, Crosbie has received funding from the Office of Naval Research to engage in research, with several of his colleagues, in real-time simulation of power electronic systems. This work has implications for the critical components of the electrical power systems found in ships as well as in industrial and public utility systems.

Professor Sam Edelman, communication arts and sciences, and Professor Carol Edelman, sociology, have worked together to create and fund the California Center of Excellence for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights, and Tolerance. The center was officially created in 2002 when the state legislature passed the Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights, and Tolerance Education Act. To date, the Edelmans have raised over $200,000 for the center. The center provides teachers statewide with multiple levels of support for teaching the Holocaust, genocide, human rights, and the acceptance of diversity.

Professor Bev Marcum, biological sciences, has directed the Science Project of Inland Northern California for several years. One of the California subject matter projects, it provides university-based professional development for K-12 teachers. Since 1998, the project has received over $1.5 million in grant awards to fund summer institutes for teachers, research in science education and language acquisition for English learners, and the science education learning lab, known as the Hands on Lab.

In 2002, the Science Project was one of two in the state to receive the funding for the Teacher Preparation Pathway program. The project offered 80 undergraduates teaching experiences in the Hands on Lab and developed laboratory experiences for more than 2,000 local schoolchildren.

Professor Jan O’Donnell has led the social work program in obtaining federal Title IV-E Child Welfare Training grants for the BSW and MSW programs. Since the beginning of fiscal year 2001-02, these grants have totaled $2,764,000. Much of the funding provides MSW students with $18,500 per year loans that are forgiven once the student meets certain employment requirements. BSW students receive tuition, books, and travel funds while still working in county welfare departments. Other funds have supported the hiring of new faculty. Just recently the MSW program received accreditation.

The program aims to professionalize public child welfare services. Studies show that trained social workers remain in public welfare service considerably longer than those not trained.

—Kathleen McPartland